Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Dies R Us Challenge - Christmas in July

Hello Friends!

Here we are in the middle of July and that means it's time for another fun challenge over on the  Dies R Us Challenge Blog. Our theme today is:

Christmas in July


Dies used on today's creations are:

Sue Wilson - Festive Collection - Poinsettia Mini Background
 Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Poinsettia Mini Background
Paper Rose - Merry Christmas
Paper Rose - Dies - Merry Christmas

What a quick & easy card to create today using two dies and two panels of DCWV foil papers.  I love the festive look these foil papers give to a holiday card.


Don't forget to check out sister store in Canada . . .
Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in USA & Canada called Didi Crafts 


It will ship to both the US and Canada. Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different. Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!


I hope you will come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 

click below for:

  Hope to see you there!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
  
As always . . .

Double D Challenge - Let's Go To The Beach!

Hello Dear Friends!

It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
I'm happy to say I am hosting today's challenge and today's theme is:

 Let's Go To The Beach!
 
The design team ladies have come up with some amazing designs for your inspiration, be sure to pop over and check 'em out!  Speaking of inspiration ... here's the mood board I created ... hope it helps to inspire you!



 Here's what I have created for you ... can you tell what items in the mood board inspired me??

The stamp set is a very old (circa 2003) Stampin' Up set called 'Sketches'.
I'm sure many of you who have been crafting as long as I have remember this awesome set.

I had actually forgotten how many STAMPS I had in my stash to fit this theme until BFF Diane mentioned using stamps on her card.  WOW!  I really need to start looking beyond the many die sets I have.  Nice to drag out an oldie but goodie! 
Doesn't she look relaxed just looking out over the ocean?!

 I did however bring out a couple dies to embellish my card and the sentiment is from another oldie but goodie stamp set by Stampendous.

We have this fabulous  die offered as the prize to one lucky random winner. 
Remember ... you gotta play to win!

Impression Obsession - Single Beach Chair

 Impression Obsession - Dies - Single Beach Chair

So be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog to see all the details and amazing samples offered up by our VERY TALENTED design team ladies!!

 Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you at Double D!

As always . . .


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Goodies for a Girlfriend!

Hello Everyone!

How are you doing these days?  If you're anything like me, most days you're doing okay but then you have a day where you're just tired of staying home, doing the same old stuff day in and day out!  With the Coronavirus still at it's peak, you're almost afraid to attempt to do much away from the house like you used to.  

Pin on emoji

But, today I'm venturing out to have lunch with a girlfriend and thought I'd make a little treat to give her for helping me get 'out of my funk'.  Besides, I've had this die sitting around for awhile now and it's about time I gave it a try.


The die I'm referring to is this one . . .
  

Sizzix - Thinlits Die - For the Birds
Sizzix - Thinlits Die - For the Birds

Of course, as you can see, the set comes with these cute birds & branches to place inside the 'house' but I did it a little differently!  I decided to use vellum on the inside of each panel and fill it with M&Ms! 

[Fast forward a few hours!]

Well I'm back from lunch and it was wonderful!  Chit Chat with a good friend was exactly what I needed to put me in a better frame of mind.  We went to TGIF, sat in a booth up in the bar area and there was absolutely NO ONE ELSE in there!  There were a few other customers in the dining area but less than a half dozen!  So it was awesome! 

OH and she loved her little surprise gift.  She was headed over to see her grandson and said he was going to love sharing her M&Ms. LOL

Okay NOW I'm in the mood to get something done here in my cave. 
Till next time ...

Stay safe, Stay healthy, Stay HAPPY!
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


Monday, July 13, 2020

Tutti Designs - Bird Tapestry

Hello dear friends!
Today's card for the Tutti Designs Store was created using an older die from the store but one of my all time favorites.  Be sure to pop over and check out what Tutti has to offer!


This card could be used for a variety of occasions!
Wedding ... Birthday ... Sympathy ... or just for a Thinking of You message!

The die is as the title shows, called 'Bird Tapestry' and I think is just beautiful.

TUTTI-164 Bird Tapestry
After die cutting my panel from white card stock, I simply measured what would be the inside frame and cut a scrap of green card stock and glued it to the back of my white panel.  I found a leafy designer paper for the background as I wanted the tapestry to be the STAR!!

I've added dimensional tape to the back of my tapestry to add dimension and a couple little Nuvo Crystal Drops for a touch of elegance.



 Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies available. Need more inspiration?  The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  EVERY DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY!  

Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!
For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:


OH ... AND JUST A REMINDER

We now have a Tutti Designs UK Store ...
Tutti Designs UK

AND

Tutti Designs Canada

CHECK 'EM OUT!!

Wishing you all an AMAZING day ahead!  
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Sisterhood of Crafters - Ink It Up

Hello my friends!
Today I have a card for the new challenge over on The Sisterhood of Crafters!

Our theme, chosen by Jennifer this time around, is:

 INK IT UP


This card is nothing BUT INK!  LOL
I've used an old wooden block floral stamp by a local artist ... Stacy Stamps to create both the background panel and the foreground 'bleached' panel.


The two inks I've used are Tim Holtz Distress inks 'Spun Sugar' and 'Picked Raspberry'.
I did the bleaching technique on the leaves (from a Simon Says Stamps set)
but only clear embossed the flower in the center.  The highlight area is from the lighter
Spun Sugar sponged in the center where the Picked Raspberry is around the outside edge.


I couldn't tell is my card stood out better with a pink or black background for photographing so I'll give you a sample of each. LOL

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
My 'sistahs' have created some fabulous creations to help inspire you ... 
be sure to pop over and check them out!

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


Monday, July 6, 2020

Artsystamper Challenge - Red, White & Blue

Hello my friends!
It's time for a new challenge over on the Artsystamper Challenge Blog where the team is showcasing digital images designed by Beverly Cole at The Artsystamper Shop!   The 1st and 3rd Monday of each month brings another Artsystamper Challenge and today's theme is . . .

RED, WHITE & BLUE


For today's creation, I've once again, with the help of Microsoft Word10,  created this card front.  The sets I have put together today are:

and my second sentiment came from the


After creating my card front background & sentiments,  
I positioned the Wreath to determine the size I needed then pasted it into another document to print out on a 4x6 white cardstock panel for coloring.  I've used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for coloring and a touch of Glossy accents on the stars and rope.



Once again, I can't tell you how quick & easy it is to create a digital card using these beautiful images.  I am just having SO MUCH FUN with them!!  Be sure to check 'em out!
 



TheArtsystamperShop Etsy
  Artsystamper (YouTube Channel)  
The Artsystamper Addiction (FB Public Group)


I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
You do NOT have to used Beverly's images (of course we would love to see them if you have them) ... but you must follow the theme to qualify for the prize.  PRIZE you say . . .

YEP ... The winner of our challenges will receive the stamp set of their choice from TheArtsystamperShop.  Beverly Cole's selections offer stamps and sentiments in each set as well as pre-colored images for easy, last minute cards.  Why not take a moment and check out what she has in the store!!
 
Hop on over to the Artsystamper Challenge Blog and enter!
You will also see more inspiring designs from the Artsystamper Addicts DT ... so much fun!!  As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Tutti Designs - Celebrate

Hello dear friends!
Today's card for the Tutti Designs Store was created for family friends and mailed to them for this weekend's 4th of July celebration.  Not exactly what I think this die set was created for but worked BEAUTIFULLY!   Be sure to pop over and check out what Tutti has to offer!


The die set I'm referring to is the 'Twig Wreath'.

TUTTI-467 Twig Wreath
I have die cut this die THREE times from white card stock then proceeded to color what I wanted colored and left the others white.  Then I glued the panels together to create depth.


Do you like how I colored the bird?  LOL 
It wasn't planned that way, I was going to color them blue but when I made the first swipe across the top of the first bird it gave me the idea to make them striped like the American flag.  I was pretty proud of myself ... LOL!!

To make the bird in the center of the wreath stand out, I used the next to smallest die in the 'Nesting Stitched Circles' die set.


For my sentiment I've used the 'Celebrate Word Die Set'.

TUTTI-243  Word Set - Celebrate
 Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies available. Need more inspiration?  The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  EVERY DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY!  

Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!
For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:


OH ... AND JUST A REMINDER

We now have a Tutti Designs UK Store ...
Tutti Designs UK

AND

Tutti Designs Canada

CHECK 'EM OUT!!

Wishing you all an AMAZING day ahead!  
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Staying Cool and Crafting

Hello Again Friends!

I know it's unusual for me to be posting on Sunday ... let alone posting TWICE!  LOL
But it's too hot for me outside today so I'm hiding in my 'cave' where it's cool and having a good time just crafting for the fun of it.

I spotted another CAS challenge to join in and this time it's a sketch!  I love doing sketches and don't do them often enough.  This one is over on the CAS on Friday Challenge Blog.


I was trying to think what I wanted to use for the image on this card and remembered this pretty Inky Antics 'Daisy Bouquets' stamp set that my BFF Diane sent to me the other day and thought it might be fun to do a little watercoloring.  That is something else I don't do often enough.  Here's what I came up with . . .


What do you think??

I think this is not my best work ... seems my eyes are a little crooked today!  Nothing is lined up as it should be ... but I still like the sketch and the stamp so will make another card later and this time try to make sure everything is in better alignment!  LOL   (What can I say ... old, tired eyes! lol)

Also sharing in . . .
Colour Crazy Challenge - ATG with coloring
Creative Fusion Arts & Crafts Blog Challenge #19 - ATG

Once again ... hope you are having a wonderful day
and, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


Fun with Stencils . . .

Hello dear friends!
Happy Sunday and for my USA friends/family ... Happy 4th of July Weekend!

While going through my blog feed and leaving some loving comments,
I stopped by crafting friend Ros Crawford's blog and was intrigued by the challenge she created a card for!
That challenge is over on the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge Blog,


I had never heard (or thought about) this technique and thought it would be fun!
I was right!  Fun and Easy!!  Here's what I came up with . . .


I have used a 'ClearScraps' party stencil for my focus technique.
After sponging lightly with some TH Broken China in the corner, I overlaid
my stencil and sponged a corner of it using TH Salty Ocean ink.  While
holding the stencil in place, I used a fine tip black pen and outlined around
the balloons and the squares.  How cool is that!!

Lastly I stamped my sentiment using my new Pretty Pink Posh Simple Sentiments stamps and die cut it using one of the dies from the Sue Wilson 'Frames & Tags' Stitched Flags set.

I find great joy in being inspired by all my crafty friends!
Thanks everyone!!

Hope you have a wonderful day ahead!
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

       

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mix It Up Challenge - Anything Goes + Open Technique

Hello my friends!
A new month means a new challenge over on the Mix It Up Challenge Blog.
Remember, this is a monthly Anything Goes challenge but with a fun twist that you can choose to join in on ... or not!  This month's theme is:

Anything Goes + Open Technique
(any technique you want ... please specify the technique you used)

I'm using the 'Watercolor on Dark Cardstock' technique that I spotted on YouTube HERE by artist Korin Sutherland and Faux Stitching.

 After 'splattering' varies colors of watercolor with an artist brush onto a 4x6 panel of
navy blue (regular) card stock, I came up with a panel like this ...
To create my card, I matted this panel onto white card stock, then used navy blue card stock as my background panel onto a white card base.  Using a white gelly roll pen, I did some faux stitching around the outside edge for added texture.
I've used the following dies  ...  Spellbinder 'Shining Star' (S2-181) and the sentiment is from the Sue Wilson 'Twinkle, Twinkle Clouds & Stars' die set (CED21015).

Here's the inside, which was computer generated onto a 4x6  panel then die cut.


I do hope you'll pop over to the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and join in the fun!
You have until 6 PM EST the last day of the month to enter!
I'm so inspired by the rest of our amazing DT 
and I can't wait to be inspired by YOUR project!

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

                   

Dies R Us Challenge - Anything Goes using Metal Dies

Hello again my friends.

It's time for a new challenge over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and, today's theme is a very easy and fun one ...

Anything Goes using metal dies by companies 
carried at the  Dies R Us Store .

Here's the fun card I came up with ... hope you like it!
 The dies used on today's card are:

Lawn Fawn 'Oh Gnome' STAMPS and DIES
Lawn Fawn - Oh Gnome! Stamps
Lawn Fawn - Oh Gnome! Dies 
Impression Obsession - Dies - Country Fences
 Lawn Fawn 'Critters on the Farm' STAMPS and DIES
Lawn Fawn - Critters On The Farm StampsLawn Fawn - Critters On The Farm Dies 
I've also used Tutti Designs HAPPY and BIRTHDAY dies for my sentiment.
 Tutti Designs - Word Set - Happy
 Tutti Designs - Word Set - Birthday
Picket Fence Blender Brushes were used along with Tim Holtz Distress inks to create the sky & grassy areas.  A Stampscapes cluster of geese stamp was used to fill the sky.  
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Faded JeansDistress Ink Pad - Peeled Paint Picket Fence Studios Blender Brushes - 10/pkg
I hope you will come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
click below for:

  Hope to see you there!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
  
As always . . .